Contestations of Intercultural Collaboration: the Case of Whale Rider

Pitts, V. 2014. Contestations of Intercultural Collaboration: the Case of Whale Rider. in: Nagib, L. and Jerslev, A. (ed.) Impure Cinema: Intermedial and Intercultural Approaches to Film New York; London I.B. Tauris. pp. 43-65

Chapter titleContestations of Intercultural Collaboration: the Case of Whale Rider
AuthorsPitts, V.
EditorsNagib, L. and Jerslev, A.
Abstract

In traditional Māori culture, stories belonged collectively to the whānau (extended families), hapū (sub-tribes) or iwi (tribe) and, in any telling of the story, questions arising about authenticity and accountability were moderated by elders. Using Whale Rider (Niki Caro, 2003) as a case study, this chapter explores how such issues of accountability and authenticity may be managed through the integration of Indigenous tradition and modernity in the production process and the aesthetic construction of a film destined for global consumption. In response to the difficulty many critics exhibit both in acknowledging Māori participation in the making of Whale Rider and in formulating a reading position that functions beyond a Western positivist orientation, primary research has been undertaken that reveals a mode of intercultural creative collaboration in which dialogic negotiation by (and with) Indigenous people provides an alternative to processes of either cultural domination or utopian synthesis.

Book titleImpure Cinema: Intermedial and Intercultural Approaches to Film
Page range43-65
Year2014
PublisherI.B. Tauris
Publication dates
Published in print2014
Published24 Oct 2013
Place of publicationNew York; London
SeriesWorld Cinema Series
ISBN9781780765112
9781780765105
9780857734495
9780857723062
Web address (URL)https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/impure-cinema-9781780765105/

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